The highlands head toward the dry season with fewer showers and sunnier days, while rain picks up in the Oriente. In the Galápagos, the warm and wet season (January to June) prevails, with warmer days and periodic showers.
Held during the last week in May in Macas, the Chonta Festival is the most important Shuar celebration of the year. It culminates in a dance to help ferment the chicha (a fermented corn or yuca drink).
This religious feast day combines with a traditional harvest fiesta in many highland towns, and features processions and street dancing. Particularly good fests are in Cuenca and Salasaca. It takes place in late May or early June.